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TAB: The Journal of Poetry & Poetics is where poetry meets design.

Launched in 2013, Tab Journal is an international journal of all things poetry. The project is a collaboration between poet and nonfiction writer Anna Leahy and information designer Claudine Jaenichen and is housed at Tabula Poetica: The Center for Poetry at Chapman University.

Take a look at our DESIGN STATEMENT to understand how we think about text and form as we create the distinctive reading experience of Tab Journal. In addition, we strive to design an increasingly inclusive literary space, which includes welcoming the voices and perspectives of those who have been underrepresented in publishing. In 2019, we redesigned the website, revised our style guide with low-vision standards, and updated the archives for increased accessibility. In fall 2021, the Poetry Foundation awarded Tab Journal a grant to work toward greater inclusion—look for more info soon.

Our editorial STAFF includes faculty in creative writing, graphic design, and literature, and we added a Communications Coordinator in fall 2021. MFA in Creative Writing students and alums write book reviews for Tab Journal and participate in the editorial process and public relations.

Tab Journal publishes an innovative print issue every January. The print issue is distributed widely, including at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference. While Tab Journal accepts charitable contributions, we do not charge for copies. We are happy to share copies for classroom or library use; contact us to request a batch.

Tab Journal publishes online issues in March, May, July, September, and November. The May issue features winners of the California Coastal Commission K-12 poetry contest.

Tabula Poetica: The Center for Poetry at Chapman University celebrated its 10th anniversary in December 2019 with a reading by more than a dozen poets and the launch of this website.

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